The forgotten cemetery perimeter fence of Quipayo

Uncared for and forgotten, a part of the more than a century old cemetery perimeter fence dangerously hangs at the edge of a rice field

Uncared for and forgotten, a part of the more than a century old cemetery perimeter fence dangerously hangs at the edge of a rice field

For many locals that I’ve asked around while in Calabanga, Camarines Sur, they say that the church in Quipayo, now part of this municipality, is the oldest in the province. While I have no data to support this one, there is, however, an interesting but forgotten structure in this barangay that is dangerously hanging on to its existence.

The old Catholic cemetery of Quipayo is quite small, probably 30m x 30m in size. While the front is already modern, portions at the right and back side still had its original perimeter fence made of mamposteria for the walls and combination of bricks and mortar for the columns.

But the present condition is deplorable. Now surrounded by rice fields, what remains of the walls are in danger of collapse as the soil beneath these walls have been softened with the standing water. The remaining perimeter fence is already leaning towards the field and may eventually fall.

Mamposteria walls that make up the remaining cemetery perimeter fence of Quipayo

Mamposteria walls that make up the remaining cemetery perimeter fence of Quipayo

Post and low perimeter wall

Post and low perimeter wall

What are these? Can these be remains of a bigger structure like a chapel or old niches?

What are these? Can these be remains of a bigger structure like a chapel or old niches?

Corner post leaning on the soft soil bordered by a rice field

Corner post leaning on the soft soil bordered by a rice field

An art deco style niche

An art deco style niche

Art deco style tower on a niche and chinese style structure atop a niche

Art deco style tower on a niche and chinese style structure atop a niche

View of the inclined portion of perimeter fence as seen from the highway

View of the inclined portion of perimeter fence as seen from the highway

In October 2014, I visited Naga City and the towns of Calabanga and Camaligan in search of old churches and cemeteries. This three part series shows what remains of these final resting places of the dead: the old cemetery of Camaligan, the forgotten cemetery fence of Quipayo and the old cemetery at the Penafrancia ermita

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